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Wednesday, May 3

Ohio House 61st: Luther (R) Ahead of Pope (R) by Only Ten Votes [UPDATED]

In the Republican primary in the 61st District, with 100% of the vote counted, the Secretary of State's unofficial results show former county auditor Brant Luther (R-Alliance) defeating city councilman Randy Pope (R-Alliance) by only ten votes, a razor-thin margin of 0.12%:

Brant Luther
3,952 - 50.06%
Randy Pope
3,942 - 49.94%

Pope ran for this office in 2002 and 2004 and lost each time to incumbent Rep. John Boccieri (D-New Middletown), who is running for the Ohio Senate. In 2004 he lost by 34.45% to 65.55% of the vote. This year he had the endorsement of successful gubernatorial candidate Ken Blackwell (R-Cincinnati).

UPDATE: According to the Youngstown Vindicator, this race will be decided by the provisional ballots:
"There are still about 100 to 200 provisional ballots to be counted. People vote on a provisional basis if they've recently moved before the primary. County elections boards have at least 10 days after a primary and no later than 15 days to begin verifying the eligibility of provisional voters."

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